Arawasi Contest 010

Saturday, 15 December 2018

Nipponki '46 - Kawasemi Model 10 Air Defence Fighter

In the latest issue of our magazine, here, we introduced the various extraordinary aircraft designs submitted by amateur illustrators to vintage Japanese aviation magazines. While the series will continue on the magazine, we would like to show on this blog some of the more "funky" designs. We start with one from one of the most respected and prolific Japanese illustrators, the late Watanabe Rikyu, first published in the August 1943 issue of the magazine "Koku Shonen" (Aviation Youth).
 
 
Kawasemi Model 10 Air Defence Fighter
High altitude anti-bomber interceptor
 
DATA
Span: 11m
Length: 10.5m
Engine: Special liquid-cool, 3,000hp
Propeller: two 3-blade contra-rotating
Performance
                    Max. speed: 778km/h
                    Cruising speed: 590km/h
                    Landing speed: 150km/h
Armament: 40mm cannon X 1
                    30mm cannon X2
                    15mm MG X 3 

Although at first glance the design may look as too "manga" and childish, you will notice a striking resemblance to the:
1. Dornier P.247/6 high performance fighter, here 

2. Focke-Wulf high performance fighter with Jumo 222E/F
(image from here)

3. Focke-Wulf high performance fighter with Argus As 413 as described and shown on p.38 of "Luftwaffe Secret Projects - Fighters 1939-1945" by Walter Schick & Ingolf Meyer.
 
4. Dornier P 247/1.

Illustration by Peter Allen, from HERE.

All 1944-1945 designs that never left the drawing board.

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

HOT STUFF!!! #16

We offer on our blog rare and difficult to find kits and books at very interesting prices. Quantities are extremely low, usually only one kit or book is available and quality, although not new, is very good. The "HOT STUFF!!!" series will be updated frequently.
If you are interested send us an email at: arawasiorder@arawasi.jp indicating the item of your choice and your country of origin. We will get back to you ASAP with postage and payment details. For more info, HERE.
 
Don't miss this chance!
 
Today we offer various volumes of the "DESIGN WITH PRECISION SERIES" by Matsuba Minoru. All volumes are long out-of-print and highly sought after. Each volume contains very detailed multi-view illustrations in 1/48 with exact measurements and often cutaway sections and other details of each aircraft type.
All volumes are in very good condition.


Vol. #1 "WWII Fighters", includes illustrations for:
Nakajima Ki-43-I Ko "Hayabusa" (Oscar)
Nakajima Ki-44-II Ko "Shoki" (Tojo)
Kawasaki Ki-61-I Otsu "Hien" (Tony)
Nakajima Ki-84 Ko "Hayate" (Frank)
Mitsubishi A6M5 "Zero"
Mitsubishi J2M3 "Raiden" (Jack)
Kawanishi N1K1-J "Shiden" 11-Ko (George)
Kawanishi N1K2-J "Shiden-kai" (George)
Curtiss P-40E Warhawk
Republic P-47D-10 Thunderbolt
North American P-51D Mustang
Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat
Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat
Chance Vought F4U-4 Corsair
Supermarine Spitfire Mk.5B
Hawker Hurricane 2C
Polikarpov I-16 Type 10
Messerschmitt Bf109E-4
Focke-Wulf Fw190A-8
Price: $US40 (postage not included)

 Vol. #2 "WWII Fighters", includes illustrations for:
Kawasaki Ki-10 "Perry"
Nakajima Ki-27 Otsu "Nate"
Kawasaki Ki-45 Kai "Toryu" (Nick)
Kawasaki Ki-61-II Kai "Hien" (Tony)
Kawasaki Ki-100 "Tony"
Mitsubishi A5M2b-IIKai "Claude"
Nakajima Special Attacker "Kikka"
Nakajima J1N2 "Gekko" (Irving)
Kyushu J7W1 "Shinden"
Mitsubishi J8M1 "Shusui"
Lockheed P-38L-5 Lightning
Bell P-39Q-1-BE Aircobra
North American P-51H Mustang
Hawker Typhoon Mk.1B
De Havilland Mosquito NF Mk.2
Westland Whirlwind
Messerschmitt Me410-1 Hornisse
Macchi MC202AS/CB Folgore
Yakovlev Yak-1M
Price: $US55 (postage not included)

Vol. #3 "WWII Attack Bombers & Reconnaissance Planes", includes illustrations for:
Nakajima B5N2 Model 12 "Kate"
Nakajima B6N2 "Tenzan" (Jill)
Aichi D3A1 "Val"
Yokosuka D4Y2 "Suisei" (Judy)
Mitsubishi Ki-15-I "Babs"
Tachikawa Ki-36 "Ida"
Mitsubishi Ki-46-III "Dinah"
Mitsubishi Ki-51 "Sonia"
Nakajima C6N1 "Saiun" (Myrt)
Aichi E16A1 "Zuiun" (Paul)
Mitsubishi F1M2 "Pete"
Aichi M6A1 "Seiran"
Douglas SBD-3 Dauntless
Grumman TBF-TBM-1C Avenger
Curtiss SB2C-4 Helldiver
Westland Lysander Mk.3
Henschel Hs129B
Messerschmitt Me262A-1a
Ilyushin Il-10 Stormovik
Price: $US55 (postage not included)

Vol. #4 "Army & Navy Experimental Aircraft", includes illustrations for:
Kawasaki Ki-5
Kawasaki Ki-28
Kawasaki Ki-45
Kawasaki Ki-60
Kawasaki Ki-64
Tachikawa Ki-70
Kawasaki Ki-78 Ken-3
Mitsubishi Ki-83
Nakajima Ki-87
Kawasaki Ki-88
Manpi Ki-98
Mitsubishi J4M1 "Senden"
Nakajima J5N1 "Tenrai"
Kawanishi J6K1 "Jinpu"
Mitsubishi A7M2 "Reppu" (Sam)
Yokosuka R2Y1 "Keiun"
Kawanishi E15K1 "Shiun" (Norm)
Aichi S1A1 "Denko"
Price: $US55 (postage not included)

Vol. #10 "Japanese Army Fighters", includes illustrations for:
Nakajima Type 91 Fighter
Kawasaki Type 92 Fighter
Kawasaki Ki-10 "Perry"
Nakajima Ki-27 Otsu "Nate"
Kawasaki Ki-28
Nakajima Ki-43-I "Hayabusa" (Oscar)
Nakajima Ki-43-II "Hayabusa" (Oscar)
Nakajima Ki-43-III "Hayabusa" (Oscar)
Nakajima Ki-44-II Ko "Shoki" (Tojo)
Kawasaki Ki-45 Kai "Toryu" (Nick)
Mitsubishi Ki-46-III Otsu "Dinah"
Kawasaki Ki-60
Kawasaki Ki-61-I Otsu "Hien" (Tony)
Kawasaki Ki-61-II Kai "Hien" (Tony)
Mitsubishi Ki-83
Nakajima Ki-84 Ko "Hayate" (Frank)
Nakajima Ki-87
Tachikawa Ki-94 II
Kawasaki Ki-96
Kawasaki Ki-100 Model I "Tony"
Kawasaki Ki-102 Ko
Kawasaki Ki-108
Price: $US55 (postage not included)
 

Monday, 10 December 2018

Japanese Aircraft Online Model Contest 010 - MICHAEL THUROW


My contest entry, an N1K1-J Ko, is based on the Otaki 1/48 kit. I initially built this model in 1988 but was never satisfied with my work. Upgrading vintage kits has become an obsession and, since all more recent products have less accurate nose contours and engine air intakes, I decided to stay with my model and completely rebuilt it last year with after-market and scratch-built items. Please have a look at the WIP report here which also explains my colour choices:
 
 
 
201-53 was production number 5511 manufactured in October 1944 at Kawanishi's Naruo plant and delivered to the 201st Kokutai in the Philippines. 201 Ku was a Zero unit – one of the first employed for suicide attacks. The Shiden may have been used as tokko escort or fast recce. The unit's personnel suffered complete annihilation in ground fighting after all aircraft had been lost or disabled. 201-53 was found by American troops at Clark Field at the end of 1944. So the life time of this Shiden, before being vandalised by 'sight-seers', was rather short.

Michael Thurow - Germany

 
 
 
 

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

HELP WANTED!

If you have a copy of the book:
 
The Global Twentieth: an anthology of the 20th AF in WW II, Vol:2, by Chester Marshall
 
please contact me off line at: contact@arawasi.jp
 
Thanks!

Monday, 3 December 2018

Japanese Aircraft Online Model Contest 010 - WILLIAM ADAIR

This is the 1/144 scale Kawanishi N1K1-Ja Shiden, a modified gashapon trading kit made by the Japanese company F-Toys.
Modifications include new cockpit and canopy, individual prop hub and propeller blades, and new gun barrels with modified undercarriage. The airframe was primed and rubbed back several times to reduce the overscale panel lines, and the aircraft was painted with Mr Colour lacquers. Decals for the 343 AG machine are modified from an MYK set, splicing 8's and 9's together to make the 343-16 codes. Watercolour paints provided the shading, while scuffs and chipping is achieved with a .5mm Pergamino pearl grey pencil lead.

- William Adair, Australia -


 
 
 
 
 
 
As you expressed an interest in seeing some more photos I've added some extra views, along with some others that I took during the construction phase.
Some of these show the new seat and modifications to the cockpit and canopy.  This was moulded in acrylic and the flared edge was made by building the up the sliding portion of the hood with superglue and sanding/carving it back to shape.  The propeller blades were detached and reset with the prominent hubs being represented with sleeves of aluminium tube.  The gun barrels are replaced with brass, and the ends flared out  and reduced in thickness with the tip of a scalpel.  I couldn't resist a bit of Arawasi product-placement for the last shot... 😊
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Saturday, 1 December 2018

HOT STUFF!!! #15

We offer on our blog rare and difficult to find kits and books at very interesting prices. Quantities are extremely low, usually only one kit or book is available and quality, although not new, is very good. The "HOT STUFF!!!" series will be updated frequently.
If you are interested send us an email at: arawasiorder@arawasi.jp indicating the item of your choice and your country of origin. We will get back to you ASAP with postage and payment details. For more info, HERE.
 
Don't miss this chance!

Today we offer only one complete set, all eight volumes, of the out-of-print and highly sought-after NIHON KOKUKI SOSHYU (Encyclopedia of Japanese Aircraft) by Shupan Kyodosha. All volumes are in mint condition and are not available separately in this offer.
 
PRICE: $US300 (postage not included; air mail to EU, USA, Oceania is $US50)
GONE!

The volumes of "Encyclopedia" are also available separately from our on-line store, here.